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Blues, “Blueshirts” (aka Rangers) and Oilers Advance

April 23, 2017

After 12 straight days of NHL playoff games (April 12-today April 23rd), there will be no NHL games tomorrow night.

That situation manifested after the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers all clinched their first round/ best of seven preliminary series with victories yesterday.

Both the Rangers aka The Blueshirts, and Oilers won (3-1) to wrap their series vs the Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks in 6 games. The Blues won despite dissipating a (3-1) lead, riding Magnus Paajarvi’s overtime goal, to win at Minnesota to eliminate the Wild in 5 games.

The Rangers are now (9-7) in playoff series vs the Canadiens, going (5-0) in game six, all games in which the Canadiens’ season ended. The just completed series masked the Rangers 6 game triumph vs Montreal in 1974, as ¬†both times, New York won the opener and games (4-6) both times.

Additionally the Rangers won the pivotal 5th game in Montreal by a (3-2) score in both years, 43 years apart. In #5 in ’74, the Rangers Bruce MacGregor tied the game in the waning seconds before Ron Harris scored a rare goal to win it.

This season, Montreal got a late tying goal at Montreal in #2 and won in overtime and again in game 3, but the Rangers prevailed in a first round series for the 5th time in 6 seasons.





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